Vikings Rumors & News

  • Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon takes aim at Adrian Peterson’s spot

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Even after Adrian Peterson left the Vikings, he and Jerick McKinnon remained teammates in one place. At the gym Peterson owns in Houston, the running backs spent much of the offseason training together. At O Athletik, they ran up and down a two-story constructed hill, worked on a track and..." May 28

  • Mike Zimmer won’t retire even right eye goes blind

    Sportsnaut "Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer recently underwent surgery No. 8 on his right eye, but no matter what happens going forward he said he won’t retire. Even if he ends up going completely blind in that eye. Zimmer suffered a detached retina last year, requiring emergency surgery. His..." May 28

  • Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook on filling Adrian Peterson's shoes: 'Be yourself'

    CBS Sports "It wouldn't be difficult to blame Dalvin Cook if he was motivated by being slighted in the 2017 NFL Draft, when he fell out of the first round and to the Vikings on Day 2. He ended up being a steal for Minnesota and might very well be the best running back on the roster right now, but Cook..." May 27

  • Vikings sign three more picks; rookie contract dispute nearing a conclusion

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "After a holdup in rookie contract negotiations, the floodgates have apparently opened. The Vikings signed three more draft picks Friday, one day after they inked the first two of their 11 draftees to deals. The negotiations had stalled because of a union grievance regarding certain language..." May 27

  • Vikings are looking for a kick returner

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have had great kickoff returners for most of the last decade, with first-round receiver yielding to first-round receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Now, for the first time since Harvin arrived, it’s unclear who will be returning kickoffs for the Vikings. “We’ve been fortunate to have..." May 27

  • Vikings sign three more draft picks

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings started signing draft picks yesterday, and now they’re nearly halfway finished with the process. The team announced deals with three more picks today, giving them five of their 11 selections with signed contracts. Today’s signings include fourth-round defensive tackle Jaleel..." May 26

  • NFL continues to punish top assistant coaches

    ALL 22 "There are probably a lot of disappointed assistant coaches around the NFL this week. At the beginning of the week, there was a sense of joy and triumph amongst them. However, that elation and satisfaction has been tabled. On Tuesday, when the NFL owners met in Chicago for their annual May..." May 26

  • Mike Zimmer: Teddy Bridgewater 'progressing as well as anybody could expect'

    ESPN "From his ranch in northern Kentucky, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has been keeping close tabs on all of the developments surrounding his team. So yes, he's seen the video the team released of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater dropping back and throwing as part of his rehab from last year's..." May 26

  • Mike Zimmer plans to return to Minnesota June 4

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is taking some time away from the team in the wake of his eighth eye surgery. At the time of his departure, the team said they anticipated he would be back to work in a few weeks and they provided more information about the timeline on Friday. The Vikings announced..." May 26

  • 'Same old' Adrian Peterson off to good start at Saints practice

    ESPN "John Kuhn spent nine years with the Green Bay Packers before he joined the New Orleans Saints last summer. So perhaps more than anyone else in New Orleans, Kuhn appreciates sharing a locker room and a practice field with former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. “Strange? It’s..." May 26

  • Vikings “really pleased” with Laquon Treadwell’s progress

    Pro Football Talk "In February, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said that the team expected wide receiver Laquon Treadwell to make a big jump after a quiet rookie season. Shurmur revisited Treadwell’s status during OTAs this week. Treadwell has been working with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen in..." May 25

  • Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook draws praise at OTAs

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook drew raves during rookie minicamp. That has continued during organized team activities. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Wednesday on the second day of OTAs that the second-round pick is fitting in quite well. “He certainly caught our eye in the..." May 25

  • Vikings start signing draft picks

    Pro Football Talk "Some NFL teams have already signed all of their 2017 draft picks while there are others who have taken a more leisurely approach to getting their rookies under contract. The Vikings fall into the latter group, but they got the ball rolling on signings on Thursday. The team announced that..." May 25

  • Michael Floyd says he is focused on helping Vikings win games

    ESPN "Back in his home state and living with his former college roommate, Michael Floyd said his chance to play with the Minnesota Vikings might be the last, best opportunity he gets to right his NFL career. Floyd, whose DUI arrest triggered his release from the Arizona Cardinals last December,..." May 24

  • Teddy Bridgewater cleared to advance rehab after positive Dr. visit

    Sportsnaut "Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got some tremendous news on Wednesday after a positive visit with his doctor. This news comes just a day after the Vikings released video of Bridgewater practicing during OTAs, looking even stronger than a previous video that showed him dropping..." May 24

  • Rick Spielman: We’ll take it a day at a time with Teddy Bridgewater

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings released video of Teddy Bridgewater taking snaps, dropping back and throwing passes during Tuesday’s practice, but they still aren’t ready to talk about when Bridgewater may be able to take on a full workload after last year’s knee injury. General Manager Rick Spielman met with the..." May 24

  • Teddy Bridgewater working on the field at Vikings OTAs

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have resisted putting any timetable on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s recovery from the severe knee injury that kept him out for the entire 2016 season, but Bridgewater appears to be making progress on his path back to playing. The team posted a video and photos from Tuesday’s..." May 23

  • Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph moves from end zone to victory lane

    USA Today "For a guy with no experience in NASCAR racing, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph did pretty well Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He wound up in victory lane. A guest of Chip Ganassi Racing this weekend in Charlotte and at the track, Rudolph joined Ganassi driver Kyle Larson in..." May 22

  • Mike Zimmer will miss some OTAs after eighth eye surgery

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer disclosed over the weekend that he recently had an eighth surgical procedure on his right eye. On Monday, Zimmer has disclosed that the development will cause him to miss some of the team’s OTA sessions. Zimmer told Paul Allen of KFAN that the fourth-year coach will..." May 22

  • Mike Zimmer: Minnesota provides Michael Floyd with 'good support system'

    ESPN "Michael Floyd can start practicing with his new team next week, now that the remainder of his house arrest sentence has been transferred from Arizona to Minnesota. His new coach sounded hopeful Saturday that the receiver can thrive in his home state. Speaking at his youth football camp,..." May 21

  • Mike Zimmer had eighth surgery on eye since November

    ESPN "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he had his eighth surgery on his right eye earlier this week, the latest step in a continued effort to restore as much of his eyesight as possible after he suffered a detached retina last year. In this latest operation, performed Wednesday, Zimmer said doctors..." May 20

  • 1,500 yards? 10 TDs? Adrian Peterson's 'incentives' are a joke

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Need a good laugh? Who doesn't these days, what with Monument Armageddon and the disillusioning week on Capitol Hill? The growing local comedy scene is always a good outlet to blow off steam. Or you could just check out the contract Adrian Peterson signed with the New Orleans..." May 20

  • Vikings hope players live in new practice complex

    ESPN "A decade from now, when the Minnesota Vikings' 2027 first-round pick wakes up in his new home, he'll be able to walk on tree-lined streets and around a lake on his way to work. If he needs to work with a rehab specialist on a nagging injury -- or meet with a personal trainer in the offseason -- he..." May 20

  • Adrian Peterson Puts Minnesota House On The Market ... Peace Out Vikings!!!

    TMZ "How do you know when the breakup is real? When someone finally moves out. This time it's Adrian Peterson, whose Minnesota house is officially up for sale, TMZ Sports has learned. The 5-bed, 4-bath home -- which Peterson bought for $665k in 2007 -- is located in Eden Prairie, just minutes..." May 19

  • NFL owners expected to approve proposal reducing overtime to 10 minutes

    Sportsnaut "The NFL’s overtime rules are expected to receive a major change in the form of how long the overtime period will last. NFL owners are expected to pass a proposal that would reduce the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 during regular season games, per Judy Battista of NFL Media. This was a..." May 17

  • Samantha Ponder didn't leave the house while pregnant because of Vikings fans

    CBS Sports "Things did not go well for the Ponders in Minnesota. The Vikings picked Christian Ponder 12th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, but the former Florida State quarterback ultimately ended up being a bust, playing four years with the team, completing less than 60 percent of his passes and throwing 38..." May 16

  • Samantha Ponder: She and Christian were 'easy targets' in Minnesota

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Having read a handful of good, thoughtful interviews involving ESPN’s Samantha Ponder in recent months, I was happy to get a chance to talk to her this week about her new role on NFL Countdown as well as other subjects. She was candid and thoughtful as usual, and more of that material will appear..." May 13

  • Sober Cris Carter says he’ll take Vikings’ Michael Floyd under his wing

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "After Michael Floyd signed Wednesday with the Vikings, he spoke to hall of fame wide receiver Cris Carter. Carter’s message was simple. He’s willing to help Floyd in whatever way possible to overcome his off-the-field issues. After playing for Philadelphia from 1987-90, Carter was waived..." May 12

  • Vikings' Latavius Murray has millions of reasons to seize backfield lead

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Latavius Murray’s vision can one day carry him far beyond the football field. The Vikings running back earned a 3.0 GPA this spring through online courses during his first semester in Syracuse’s Master of Business Administration program. The 27-year-old Murray even wrapped up some coursework at..." May 11

  • Vikings to sign WR Michael Floyd

    247 Sports "Michael Floyd is coming home. According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the Minnesota Vikings are set to sign the free agent wide receiver after his time with the New England Patriots came to an end this offseason. Floyd is a Twin Cities native, having grown up in St. Paul." May 10

  • Alberto Riveron named NFL senior VP of officiating

    NFL.com "The NFL has a new team atop their officiating department. According to a release sent out by the league Wednesday, Alberto Riveron was named the senior vice president of officiating, filling the role vacated by former officiating head Dean Blandino. Russell Yurk, an NFL replay veteran of..." May 10

  • Vikings bid to host NFL Draft in 2022 or 2023

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The NFL is moving the draft around the country and Minnesota wants in on the action. Vikings executive vice president Lester Bagley said Monday the team has applied to host the NFL Draft in 2022 or 2023. The application was submitted in October. The Vikings want to stage the three-day event..." May 08

  • Tommy Armstrong: Vikings plan to sign me as a safety

    Pro Football Talk "Former Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong showed up at Minnesota’s rookie minicamp with the intention of trying to win a roster spot at a different position. According to Armstrong, he has. Or at least he will, eventually. Armstrong tells Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the..." May 08

  • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer reveals he's undergone seven eye surgeries

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Mike Zimmer has now undergone a total of seven surgeries on his right eye after requiring additional procedures this spring, the most recent April 25, the Vikings coach revealed Friday. That operation came eight days after Zimmer said he was scheduled April 17 to have an oil bubble, which held..." May 07

  • Dalvin Cook draws praise on first day of rookie minicamp

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings traded up in round two to address the need that arose from the departure of Adrian Peterson, rolling the dice on Dalvin Cook. And while the dice won’t stop careening on the felt for several more months if not longer, there’s early reason to hope for a good outcome. “He showed..." May 06

  • Hartman: Jones says Vikings defense suits him better than Green Bay's

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Before defensive lineman Datone Jones signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Vikings — and after he came to Minnesota in March and met with coach Mike Zimmer and defensive line coach Andre Patterson — he was Green Bay’s first-round pick in 2013. Rivals tend to not want their players..." May 05

  • Teddy Bridgewater may not be a free agent in 2018

    Pro Football Talk "Even though the Vikings didn’t pick up the final year of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s rookie contract, he may still be under contract in 2018. By not exercising the option that would extend the deal from four years to five, the Vikings allow Bridgewater to become an unrestricted free agent..." May 05

  • Rick Spielman: Teddy Bridgewater decision was all about health

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman officially declared this week that the team will not pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s rookie contract, and he says that decision was all about the knee injury Bridgewater suffered in practice last summer. Spielman said on PFT..." May 05

  • Michael Floyd talks to Vikings, may sign after compensatory pick deadline

    Pro Football Talk "When the Patriots acquired wide receiver Michael Floyd late last season, some thought they were hoping he’d sign with another team in the offseason, which would bolster the Patriots’ chances of gaining compensatory draft picks in 2018. But it probably won’t work out that way. The compensatory..." May 05

  • Adrian Peterson Says Matchup with Vikings Will Be 'Revenge'

    Bleacher Report "New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson jokingly said he'll be seeking "revenge" when he faces off with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 after spending the first decade of his career in purple and gold. Ben Goessling of ESPN.com passed along comments the recent free-agent signing made in..." May 04

  • Report | Lions to work out Matt Asiata

    Fanrag Sports "Former Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata is reportedly slated to work out for the Detroit Lions, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today. It’s been a career full of peaks and valleys for Asiata, who went undrafted in 2011 out of Utah. The tailback signed with the Vikings, only to be..." May 02

  • Could Vikings’ seventh-round pick Elijah Lee start at linebacker as rookie?

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "When Ben Leber was playing linebacker for the Vikings in 2006, defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin had an expression he used about wanting to see non-stop hustle. “He would always tell us, “I want to see guys with their hair on fire,’’’ Leber said. Tomlin long has moved on to become coach of..." May 01

  • “Aggressive” Vikings agree to terms with 13 undrafted free agents

    Pro Football Talk "After the draft came to an end on Saturday, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said that the team worked hard on bringing in undrafted free agents to augment their rookie haul. “We probably spent the most, I think, probably the most money since I have been here and tried to get the best..." May 01

  • Rick Spielman on trading up for Dalvin Cook: We went after the best player available

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings didn’t have a first-round pick in this year’s draft, but that didn’t stop them from making a move up the board in the second round to get running back Dalvin Cook. They dealt the 48th and 128th picks to the Bengals to move up to No. 41 overall to select Cook, who found his way into..." May 01

  • Vikings tell Teddy Bridgewater they won’t exercise 2018 option

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings aren’t sure when or if quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be back on the field this year after last summer’s major knee injury, which likely made it easy for them to make a decision about their option on his contract for 2018. The option, which would set Bridgewater up to make more..." May 01

  • Vikings pick up 2018 option on linebacker Anthony Barr

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings are picking up the fifth-year contract option on linebacker Anthony Barr, USA Today reported Monday. The option for 2018 will be worth $12.306 million. The move was expected on Barr, who has made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons although he did have some ups and down in..." May 01

  • 49ers To Sign G Brandon Fusco

    Pro Football Rumors "Veteran guard Brandon Fusco is on his way to San Francisco and is expected to sign with the 49ers, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The former Minnesota offensive lineman will serve as interior depth. Fusco, 29 this summer, appeared in 14 games for Minnesota in 2016 and..." May 01

  • Bettors quickly push Patriots' win total up to 11.5

    ESPN "A Las Vegas sportsbook on Sunday opened the New England Patriots' season win total at 11, the highest of any team. That number didn't last long. Shortly after posting the first NFL win totals in Las Vegas, the sportsbook at the South Point casino took multiple $1,000 bets on New England to..." May 01

  • Vikings' New Stadium Struggling With Leaky Walls, Loose Panels

    Deadspin "Less than a year after it opened, the Vikings’ new stadium has leaky walls and loose panels with no clear plan for scheduling or funding repairs, according to reporting by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The zinc panels were described by the executive director of the Minnesota Sports Facility..." April 30

  • Vikings move up to take Peterson's replacement Dalvin Cook

    Bleacher Report "New Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook may never fill the departed Adrian Peterson's enormous shoes, but that's not what this is about. Folks will inevitably compare Cook—drafted Friday at 41st overall by the Vikings just days after the legendary Peterson signed with the New Orleans..." April 29